Polesitter Kasey Kahne was fourth, and Jeff Gordon fifth, but the major topic of discussion after the race was Ambrose's gaffe.
“With Marcos, we came around through Turn 1, and normally guys shut the car off downhill, coasting to save fuel,” Johnson said. “I didn't think at first that he had shut the car off, going up the hill—that's just the last place that he would probably do it.
“I thought maybe he ran out of fuel or had an electrical problem or something major, because the car just came to a stop. At that point, I'm thinking, 'How does the procedure work?' I know when you come to a stop, you're clearly not maintaining a reasonable speed, and it would be interesting to see where they put him.
“In one respect, I felt like, if they put him back up in front of me, I'd kind of see that as OK, although I'd be raising hell on the radio and cussing like crazy and trying to fight it, because it looked like his car broke, and it shut off. The way the rule reads, you have to maintain a reasonable speed, and coming to a stop on the racetrack is no speed.
“All that being said, I feel bad for him. His team owners gave my chance in (the) Nationwide (Series) in '98. … It was definitely a gift kind of handed to us.”